• Former President Barack Obama Mourns the Death of Dan Rooney

    Steelers owner and chairman Dan Rooney was not only a monster in the game of football, but he’ll also go down a A patriarch and ambassador for his country.

    Rooney served as the 33rd Ambassador to Ireland, selected for that role by President Barack Obama in 2009, and he kept the position until 2012.

    Following the death of Rooney on Thursday, the former US President put out a statement about the passing, giving respect to the former Steelers owner.

    “Dan Rooney was a great friend of mine, but more importantly, he was a great friend to the people of Pittsburgh, a model citizen, and someone who represented the United States with dignity and grace on the world stage. I knew he’d do a wonderful job when I named him as our United States Ambassador to Ireland, but naturally, he surpassed my high expectations, and I know the people of Ireland think fondly of him today.

    “And I know the people of Pittsburgh, who loved him not only for the Super Bowl championships he brought as the owner of the Steelers, but for his generosity of spirit, mourn his passing today. Michelle and I offer our condolences to the Rooney family, some of the most gracious and thoughtful people we know — even as we celebrate the life of Dan Rooney: a championship-caliber good man.”

     
  • Steelers Visit with Troubled Alabama OLB Tim Williams

    The Steelers need to get better when it comes to rushing the passer in 2017 if they are going to take the next step in the AFC, and Tuesday they spoke with a player that just may help in that department should they choose to take him in the 2017 NFL Draft.

    That player is Alabama outside linebacker Tim Williams, who if he was to come to the black and gold would do it with baggage, as he has already failed multiple drug tests while in college and had a gun charge last year.

    “I’m a young player. I made decisions that I grew from,” Williams said at the NFL combine. “It’s all about being a man, owning up to your situations, owning up to your mistakes. I’m not here laughing around joking. I know I’ve got something to prove. I’m obviously behind the 8-ball so I’m here to prove not only to myself but to every organization that if they take me, they’re going to get the best player here.”

    Last week the Steelers brought in Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis, a projected second-round selection who is facing misdemeanor assault charges in his home state after an altercation with his girlfriend.

    On the field, Williams’ talent is undeniable. He had nine sacks and 16 tackles for loss last season while earning second-team All-America honors. He is one of the most talented pure pass rushers in the draft.

    Williams (6-3, 244) is not known for his ability to defend the run. In fact, Alabama used him mostly in pass rushing situations only throughout his career.

    Williams is projected by a few draft analysts to go in the first round, but others believe he’ll get drafted in the second round because of his drug issues and the doubts about his run defense.

    The prospect of adding a big time pass rusher has to be very appealing to the Steelers, but again they had better be careful if they go after a player like Williams with such a tough history.

    The team has already spoken to a number of outside linebackers, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Steelers take one early in the draft in the next couple of weeks.

     
  • Steelers QB Roethlisberger Makes it Official: He’s Coming Back in 2017

    Steelers fans all along seemed to be confident that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was going to be back in 2017, but it wasn’t until one tweet earlier on Friday by the quarterback came out that it was official.

    Ben confirmed what just about everyone felt – he’s making a return to the black and gold for another season.

    “As an organization, we have been hopeful that Ben would return this year,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement.

    “Ben and I have had many conversations, and I understood at this point in his career he is going to have to think about his long-term future. There is no question Ben wants to win championships for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and we know he will do everything possible to lead our entire team to achieving that goal.”

    Now that it’s official, the quarterback and the Steelers can get back to work, looking to do what they can to find a way to take the next step and reach their 9th Super Bowl in February 2018.

     
  • Steelers Host Two Potential Future Quarterbacks; Joshua Dobbs and Patrick Mahomes

    It’s sounding like the scare that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sent the team at the start of this offseason with stating he’s not sure about playing in 2017 has sent the team thinking long and hard about their future at the quarterback spot.

    NFL.com reports that the team is taking a long hard look at a pair of prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft that both play quarterbacks, and like playing thrilling online casino games, could give the team hope into the future should the team take one and he eventually replaces Big Ben at some point in the future.

    The two players that spoke to the team Monday were Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs and Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes.

    Many feel that Mahomes is a player that won’t last past the first round, and NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks has said Dobbs could be this year’s Dak Prescott as a potential middle-round QB who could exceed expectations in the NFL.

    The draft position for the 22-year-old Dobbs are all over the place. He potentially sneak into the second round, although somewhere between the third and sixth seems more likely.

    As a senior, Dobbs guided Tennessee to a 9-4 record and led the team in rushing.

    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin attended Tennessee’s pro day last week and his offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, was present for Texas Tech’s pro day, and while there’s other players that they may have been looking at, these two quarterbacks should get a lot of consideration by the Steelers should they be around at the end of round one when the Steelers draft.

    No matter how you cut it, the team isn’t going to sit on Big Ben’s words lightly, which is why it’s a very good idea for them to continue to be active in looking at the future, and that may just be one of these quarterbacks come draft day.

     
 
 
 
 

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